Former Indian cricketer Madan Lal expressed his dissatisfaction over Mohammed Shami’s snub from the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 15-man squad.
Experienced Indian pacer Shami failed to make the cut to the team but he will travel to Australia as a standby.
After last year’s T20 World Cup, he was out of India’s T20I scheme. However, after the team’s poor show in Asia Cup 2022, he has been recalled to the team for South Africa and Australia T20I series.
Madan Lal suggested that Shami should have been picked in the T20 WC squad as the conditions in Australia are going to help him.
“He (Shami) is your big match bowler. And in Australia, he could be really important. I don’t understand why he is not in the 15-man squad. He is the kind of bowler who, in the first three overs, can get you wickets,” Madan Lal told IANS.
Shami has played only 17 T20Is for India after making his international debut in 2013. In IPL 2022, the 32-year-old claimed 20 wickets in 16 matches and played a crucial role in Gujarat Titans’ title triumph in their maiden season.
“See you need a good bowling unit if you want to win the tournament. No matter if your team scores 180 but you do not have good bowling to defend it. They (India) picked three spinners for Australia. I don’t think spinners can get many benefits out there. On one odd day or wicket, they can be useful but for the entire tournament, you need a solid pace bowling unit there in Australia.
“I am happy that Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel are back on the team. Their fitness will be monitored in the upcoming series as well. Arshdeep Singh is learning well, and Bhuvi is also there but India should have added Shami to the squad. He is your experienced bowler and conditions Down Under can help him.”
Further asked about India’s batting order and KL Rahul’s form, the 1983 World Cup winning team member said, “he will be fine and can make a comeback, I am sure.
“Virat Kohli was also struggling but he made a solid comeback and Rahul too is a good batter and can turn things around in India’s favour. I am not much concerned about India’s batting order. They all are fine,” he said.
“Also, India should learn from Sri Lanka as they played in the Asia Cup final. Despite losing five wickets for 50 they kept fighting and made a good total at the end.”
India squad for ICC T20 World Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
Standby players: Mohd Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.